Class Descriptions Spring 2019

ACT Prep (ages 13-18) Repeats first semester’s curriculum.  Kevin Burge
Students learn tips, strategies, and plenty of essential English, math, reading, and science review. Math will receive particular emphasis. Students will gain a competitive advantage by becoming familiar with the test’s format; learn tips that will turn complex algebra problems into simple arithmetic, and ease reading comprehension and science reasoning problems by zeroing in on main ideas, topic sentences, and keywords. Homework: 1-2 hrs. per week.
Students supply The Official ACT Prep Guide, 2018: Official Practice Tests + 400 Bonus Questions Online
Time: 12pm, ending 5/8   Tuition: $105 for 14 weeks/ $95 for volunteers

American Government (ages 14-18)  Julie Knutson
This class is designed as a high school civics class, focusing on the central principles of the U.S. government including the philosophical and historical foundations of the American political system, the branches of government, the electoral process, political parties, separation of powers, the Bill of Rights, and the roles of citizens in American democracy. The class will also discuss the ensuing deviations from the original federalist intentions of the Constitution. Homework: 1 hour per week.
Time: 3pm  Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers   Supply Fee: $7

Animal Attack FULL (ages 6-10) Staff
Animals are amazing! In this class – part art, part science – we’ll get up close and personal to examine a variety of animals and their artifacts, such as hides, horse hair, quills, and a shark jaw. Birds, sea turtles, buffalo, and sharks are only a few of the many animals that we’ll discuss each week before turning our attention to an animal-themed art project that celebrates these incredible creatures. Students will look at birds through the eyes of John James Audubon and create their own bird art, make Native American brown paper buffalo hides, and more.
Time: 1pm–FULL  Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers   Supply Fee: $15
[See also Hands-On Science 6-10 and Earth Science 6-10.]
[See also Art and Clay Create.]

Animal Farm (ages 6-10)  Repeats first semester’s curriculum. Jessica Donahoo
Get up close and personal with a live pig, cow, chickens, rabbits, turkey, goats, ducks, and a horse. We will talk about the different kinds of animals, their uses, diet, and care. Note: this class will take place outdoors for the most part. Children with allergies to animals should not enroll.
Time: 2pm   Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers

Ancient History New class!  Staff
The past comes alive in an energetic, fast-paced class. This is hands-on history taught with activities, appealing to all armchair adventurers! We’ll explore ancient Egypt, wind through early Mesopotamia, travel with Alexander the Great, explore the Roman Empire, and visit ancient China, strengthening students’ learning through lots of activities!
Ages 6-10:    11am    Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers   Supply Fee: $15
Ages 10-14: 10am     Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers   Supply Fee: $15

Introduction to Art  (ages 6-11) New projects!  Pam Hamburger
This art class offers a variety of experiences in drawing, painting, printmaking, collage art, and mixed media. Various projects will allow for individual creativity while learning art skills that include observing, creative thinking, design, balance and color. Students will learn to see the beauty around them (shapes, sizes, shadows, detail) and then transfer that to paper, canvas, wood or fabric using approaches or methods in art. New art projects will reinforce art concepts and inspire creativity in the students that have taken this class before.
Students should bring a paint smock.
Time: 10am and 11am   Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers   Supply Fee: $15

Introduction to Drawing (ages 6-10) New projects! Jeremiah Johnson
Students will learn skills and techniques to draw in a variety of styles to create pictures replicating the world around them and also explore how to get the ideas inside of their heads onto the page. We will use a variety of mediums to help add depth and color to the images we create.
Time: 1pm   Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers   Supply Fee: $15
[See also Clay Create.]

Advanced Drawing FULL (ages 12-adult) Jeremiah Johnson
Students will learn new techniques to capture the world around them using various art mediums. We will be working with pencil, ink, colored pencils and markers to further their ability and understanding of artistic skills. Students will learn to find their own style and push their limits creatively to create wonderful works of art.
Students supply Canson Mix Media 9×12 60-paged art pad ($8 at Walmart)
Time: 12pm   Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers   Supply Fee: $15
[See also Clay Create.]

Art Workshop (ages 12-adult) New projects! Pam Hamburger
This class will allow time to experience art, explore new ideas, and develop skills in several areas of art. Each of the workshop sessions will apply basic principles and techniques while students create works of art using their own unique personalities and styles. Art workshops are designed to nurture growth and creativity in the field of art. This semester’s workshops will be divided into four units covering collage art, functional stoneware pottery, portrait drawing, and landscape painting.
Time: 1pm   Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers   Supply Fee: $20   Students should bring a paint smock.
[See also Clay Create.]

Astronomy (ages 6-10) New class! Sarah Kunkle
Why is Pluto not a planet anymore? Students will discover this answer, as well as learn about many more galactic mysteries! With engaging hands-on activities students will explore the planets, moons, stars, and galaxies. Students will be filled with wonder as they look at in-depth photographs, gaze at an in-class planetarium, take part in models and representations, and create outer space projects.
Time: 10am   Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers   Supply Fee: $10
[See also the Hands-On Science and Earth Science.]

Pre-Ballet (4-6 year-old boys and girls) Open to current and new students. Elizabeth King
This class will work on various skills including, movement, rhythm work, creativity exercises, and large motor skills. Students will participate in a basic warm up and be introduced to beginning ballet movements in a creative, fun learning environment. Girls should wear their hair in a bun or ponytail and off their neck if possible.
Time: 10am   Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers
Supplies: Girls: tights, ballet shoes, and a leotard. Boys: t-shirt, basketball shorts and ballet shoes. (Bobby’s Dancewear or The Dance Shoppe)

Ballet (7-14-year-old boys and girls) Open to current and new students. Elizabeth King
This is a classic ballet class that will include ballet technique, stretching, center floor work, and a short routine worked on every week. Students will be taught ballet vocabulary and will be engaged in a creative and interactive learning environment. Girls should wear their hair in a bun or ponytail and off their neck if possible.
Time: 11am   Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers
Supplies: Girls: tights, ballet shoes, and a leotard. Boys: t-shirt, basketball shorts and ballet shoes. (Bobby’s Dancewear or The Dance Shoppe)

Ballroom Dance (ages 13-18, only please) Boys only: all female spots are taken. Nate Woodhams
Is it exercise or socializing? Are students learning dexterity or etiquette? Once the music starts, it all comes together in this lively, energizing class. Students will learn to dance swing (East Coast), waltz, foxtrot, and tango (American style).
Time: 3pm    Boys only: all female spots are taken.   Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers

Biology (ages 13-18) The second semester of a year-long class. Jeanne Patton
This Apologia college-preparatory biology course provides a detailed introduction to the methods and concepts of general biology. Heavily emphasizing the vocabulary of biology, it provides a strong background in the scientific method, the five-kingdom classification scheme, biochemistry, cellular biology, molecular and Mendelian genetics, and ecosystems. Homework: 3-6 hours per week.
Time: 9am-10:50am, ending 5/8  Tuition: $210 for 2 hours, 14 weeks/$190 for volunteers
Supply Fee: $25 Students supply Exploring Creation with Biology, 2nd edition
[See also Science Lab, Physical Science, Chemistry, and Introduction to Science.]

Car Mechanics (ages 12-18) Repeats previous semester’s curriculum. Jessica Donahoo
Want to know how your favorite hot rod gets down the street? We are going to get down and dirty by taking apart an actual engine to see how it works. We are going to spend the semester learning about all the internal parts of an engine and having them in our hands, seeing just how they work and why we do maintenance on our cars to keep them running.
Time: 3pm Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers Supply Fee: $5 Students should come dressed to get dirty.

Chemistry (ages 15-18) The second semester of a year-long class Kevin Burge
A mathematics-intensive high school course that gives students a rigorous foundation in chemistry. Over the year, material will include such topics as kinetics, acids and bases, solutions, atomic structure, and gas. Students who take this course should be well prepared for a challenging university chemistry course. Prerequisite: Algebra I. Homework: 2-4 hours per week.
Students supply Introductory Chemistry: Concepts and Critical thinking (6th Edition)
Time: 10am-11:50pm, ending 12/12  Tuition: $210 for 2 hours, 14 weeks/$190 for volunteers   Supply Fee: $20
[See also Science Lab, Physical Science, Biology, and Introduction to Science.]

Chess (ages 7-14) Bob Woodworth
Learn the basic rules of chess, how the pieces move and their values, and also include a brief history of the game plus minor tactics/strategy and some simple checkmates and stalemate tactics.
Time: 10am   Tutition: $95/$85 for volunteers

Choir (ages 9-13) Open to current and new students. Alex McCabe
Let’s make some good music together! Your young singer will learn the basics of choral singing and grow their musical skills. This class will include the study of healthy vocal and breathing techniques, as well as solfeggio, and the fundamental skills of music. At the end of the semester, students will perform a recital of their repertoire.
Alex served as a music minister for ten years in churches all over Oklahoma. This year he will also be teaching band students at Bennington schools, ukulele at Metropolitan Community College, and Applied Voice at Iowa Western Community College.
Time: 1pm   Tution: $95/$85 for volunteers   Supply Fee: $3

Civil War Spy FULL (ages10-14) Shellie Garrett
Students will each assume the identity of an actual Civil War spy for the duration of the class, bringing history to life in an exciting way. Throughout their journey, students will learn the art of early spy craft including crafting and maintaining a cover, code cracking, topography and geographical surveillance, Harriet Tubman’s dispatch system, Civil War spy technology, and musical deception. Come spy with us!
Time: 1pm   Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers   Supply Fee: $10

Clay Create New projects! Pam Hamburger
Experience pottery making using hand-building techniques. Students will receive their own potter’s tool kit. They will learn the terminology of the potter, prepare clay for use, and use techniques such as pinching, pressing, sculpting, coiling, and slabs, will complete several finished pieces in earthenware and stoneware clay. This semester new projects will include a textured vase, a candy tray, a wind chime, and a cup and saucer. Finished pieces will be glazed using two different techniques – painting and dipping.
Students supply a smock, shoe box (or similar size box with lid), and one roll of paper towels.
Ages 6-10: Time: 3pm   Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers   Class Supply and Firing Fee: $20
FULL Ages 10-14: Time: 2pm Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers   Class Supply and Firing Fee: $20
[See also Art, Writing and Art, and Animal Attack.]

Creative Writing and Art (ages 10-14) New class! Amy Hurley
Few things blend as nicely as writing and the visual arts (except maybe pie and ice cream!). While writing their own creative works and reading the works of published authors, students will find inspiration and beauty in various visual art mediums. We will create art pieces to compliment the pieces we are writing in the genres of creative nonfiction and fiction.
Time: 1pm   Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers  Supply Fee: $12

Drama 4-6 FULL (ages4-6) Marianne Toovey
Nurture and cultivate the active imagination of your child! Since young children live in a world of make-believe for a great portion of their day, early childhood is a great time to introduce them to the dramatic arts. Classes will include a warm-up with a basic movement/music/word game/improvisational activity intended to focus students’ attention, as well as helping students learn storytelling skills, such as a dramatic retelling of a story, fable or short story.
Time: 11am FULL   Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers   Supply Fee: $5

Drama, ages 6-10 Open to current and new students. Marianne Toovey
Inspire budding young actors through creative play, exercise, scene work and monologues. Students will learn the basics of taking direction, blocking, memorization, and feeling comfortable and confident in front of others to prepare them for the world of theatre. There will be a performance for the parents on the last day.
Time: 12pm   Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers   Supply Fee: $15

Drama (ages 10-14) Open to current and new students. Jessie Simmons
High energy fun! Through exercises, games, improvisation and scene work, students can develop the foundations of good acting. Students study improvisation, blocking, story arc, and character development. Students have opportunities, through creative play and group work, to perform for each other.
Time: 2pm   Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers   Supply Fee: $4
[See also the Middle School Play.]

Earth Science New class! Jennifer Britson
Get ready to be scientists! With plenty of hands-on experiments, kids take science out of the textbook and get it into their hands. Students will learn about the rock cycle, rock types, earthquakes/plate tectonics, the Earth’s layers, volcanoes, stalactites, stalagmites, and more. Students will make a working model of plate tectonics, simulate the process of how different types of rock are formed, and, of course, creating a working model of a volcano.
[See also the Hands On Science, Earth Science, and Astronomy.]
Ages 5-7 Time: 10am, 2pm   Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers    Supply Fee: $15
Ages 6-10 Time: 3pm            Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers    Supply Fee: $15

Engineering Open to current and new students. Kevin Burge
Learn more about engineering through fun and challenging activities. Engineering applies science and mathematics to design objects or processes that are useful. Since machines and processes must obey the laws of nature, engineers must understand and use these laws. Students will engage in problem-solving strategies that will challenge and fascinate them while revealing engineering facts and concepts. Mr. Burge will have new content as well as reprising some student favorites.
Ages 6-10: 2pm, 3pm   Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers   Supply Fee: $15
Ages 10-14: 1pm          Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers   Supply Fee: $15
[See also Lego Construction, Hot Wired, and Hands-On Science.]

Forensics Science: Murder at the Old Fields (ages 13-18) New class! Shellie Garrett
This exciting class uses new technology in forensic science. Each student will have access to a 3D historically accurate virtual crime scene of an actual rural 19th-century murder, as well as online lessons that adhere to National Science Education Standards and an online evidence lab. While in class, students will do hands-on experiments to make their scientific discoveries come to life. As students work to solve the mystery of the murder at Old Fields, they will learn about hair analysis, blood typing, blood spatter analysis, DNA, impression evidence, and pathology. Students will need to have access to a home computer. Homework: approximately 1-2 hours per week.
Note: Please be aware that this class does contain information about a murder with an accompanying pathology report (but no pictures).
Time: 3pm   Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers   Supply Fee: $15

Fun with Spanish (ages 6-10) Open to current and new students. Zaida Murray
Students become accustomed to the sounds and some basics of the language by exploring Spanish through a variety of games and activities focused on understanding and speaking skills. They will cover such topics as colors, numbers, days of the week, months of the year, seasons, food, family, animals, home and basic introductions to new friends.
Time: 10am   Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers   Supply Fee: $5

Geography New content! Sarah Kunkle
Let’s travel around the world! In world geography, students will explore the continents, oceans, major world cities and capitols, climates, and time zones. With hands-on activities, students will use location strategies, explore topography, use different types of maps, and much more to study the globe. We will also use the USA Giganto Map, which will spread across the entire floor of our classroom, and students themselves will be the tools in which to mark, locate, and experience the wonderful features of our country.
Ages 6-10 Time: 12pm    Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers   Supply Fee: $15
Ages 10-14 Time: 11am  Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers   Supply Fee: $15

High School Geography (ages 14-18) The second semester of a year-long class. Julie Knutson
Time and again American adults, shown a world map, faltered in answering this question: name and identify any country on the map—any country. Fighting this kind of ignorance, this course will study where people, places, and things are located, and how they relate to each other. Explore and discover the processes that shape the earth, the relationships between people and environments, and the links between people and places. Students will see how a global perspective applies to them!
Time: 2pm, ending 5/8 Tuition: $105 for 14 weeks/ $95 for volunteers Supply Fee: $7

Go Kids Go! Open to current and new students (ages 4-7) Erin Healey
For kids on the move! Exercise and games will keep kids active while also teaching them about the muscles they are developing, as well as their cardiovascular system. Activities will develop their ability to respond to visual, auditory, and kinesthetic cues. Balance work and coordination training will enhance agility; and it’s all fun!
Time: 10am   Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers   Supply Fee: $3

Grammar (ages14-18)  Arlis Vargas
Would your children rather have their teeth pulled than study grammar? If so, then this class is for them! We will take the confusion and boredom out of grammar learning. Students will advance their communication and language skills through games, group activities, and individual practice. Clauses, verb forms, gerunds, infinitives, spelling, and punctuation will be some of the topics studied.
Time: 3pm   Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers   Supply Fee: $3
Students supply The Only Grammar Book You’ll Ever Need AND The Only Grammar and Style Workbook You’ll Ever Need: A One-Stop Practice and Exercise Book for Perfect Writing.

Graphic Design FULL (ages 12-adult) Miranda Sweet
Interested in graphic design but don’t know where to begin? In this course students will learn the basics of digital art, typography, conceiving a design, and how to create a clean composition. By the end of the course students will be able to make shapes, set type, and create unique digital masterpieces.
Students supply a laptop computer (siblings may share) downloaded with the free software Inkscape, ruler, pencil, eraser, and a sketch book with at least 50 pages.
Time: 1pm–FULL   Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers

Hammers and Nails  Amy Hurley
Start your DIY life early! In this class, children use fine motor skills with traditional tools to improve manual dexterity and create simple handmade wood projects. The class will also teach measuring and reinforce number skills. Woodworking skills will include sanding techniques, using wood putty, gluing, building for stability, and more.
Ages 6-10–FULL   Time: 11am   Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers   Supply Fee: $20
Ages 10-14 Time: 12pm   Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers   Supply Fee: $20

Hands-On History: Science and Medicine (ages 10-14) Sarah Winn
History should be lived and experienced, not just read about. Join us as we delve into the science of Benjamin Franklin and Colonial medicinal practices by reading Ben and Me and Fever, 1793. Class will be full of hands on experiments and creativity. The class will use The Ben Franklin Book of Easy and Incredible Experiments: Activities, Projects and Science Fun. Students will then take a trip back in time to discover what the doctors of 1793 thought spread disease and look deep into the Yellow Fever Epidemic that struck Philadelphia in 1793.
Supplies: Students supply Ben and Me and Fever, 1793
Time: 2pm   Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers   Supply Fee: $15

Hands-On Math (ages 4-6)
What a great way to introduce young learners to the joy of math! The use of math manipulatives provides an opportunity to touch, feel, count, and sort to develop deep foundational learning, not just memorization. This is an especially helpful way to address the learning needs of visual, kinesthetic, and other hands-on learners. It’s both effective and fun! Students will be introduced to (or build upon their understanding of) skip counting, shapes, symmetry, patterns, graphing, fractions, addition, subtraction, and more.
Prerequisite: Students should be able to count from 1 to 10.
Time: 12pm Teacher: Staff Repeats first semester’s curriculum
Time: 1pm Teacher: Elizabeth MacDonald New activities!
Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers   Supply Fee: $12

Hands-On Science (ages 6-10) New content! Erin Healey
From the brain in your head to the nails on your toes, students will encounter fascinating facts, engaging activities, intriguing experiments, and loads of fun as they learn about the human body and its miraculous design. The class will cover many of the body systems, such as skeletal, muscular, respiratory, digestive, and more.
Time: 11am, 12pm, 1pm   Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers   Supply Fee: $15
[See also Engineering, Astronomy, and Earth Science.]

Hands-On Science 10-14 (ages 10-14) New content! Nikki Herrera
Students will continue to study earth science for the logic stage, studying our planet, geology and weather. Equip your students with a working knowledge of the Earth. Engaging activities, experiments, and projects provide opportunities for hands-on learning and practice keeping a lab notebook.
Time: 10am   Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers   Supply Fee: $15
Optional textbook: Earth Science & Astronomy for the Logic Stage Student Guide by Elemental Science
[See also Engineering, Hot Wired, Physical Science and Introduction to Science.]

Historic Cooking FULL (ages 6-10) Mandy Moran
On the menu this semester we have a classical Greek cheesecake, a fifth-century Roman meatloaf (made with ground beef in place of animal brains!), and an assortment of the weird and wonderful to broaden the palette. We’ll cook everything from Biblical stew to 1950’s upside down cuisine, plantation chicken and tomato delight to a slice of wacky Depression-era cake. Come roll up your sleeves to beat, grind, bake, fry just like the age-old cooks across the world.
NOTE: It is the student’s responsibility to manage allergy situations in the classroom. Please bring a plastic container to carry home your wares each week.
Ages 6-10: 2pm FULL   Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers   Supply Fee: $25
Ages 10-18–FULL: 10am,12pm   Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers Supply Fee: $25

Hot Wired FULL (ages 10-14) Becky Furtado
Turn a toothbrush into a robot! That is only one sneaky way to help kids discover the principles of electricity through engaging, hands-on activities as they make brush bots, electromagnets, motors, and more. Kids will have fun creating these projects while learning about electric circuits, magnetic and electrical fields, and how energy is transferred to devices used in daily life.
Time: 11am   Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers   Supply Fee: $20
[See also Hands-On Science, Engineering, and Introduction to Science.]

Introduction to Science (ages 11-16) The second semester of a year-long class. Becky Furtado
Designed to be a student’s first systematic introduction to the sciences, students explore topics such as the scientific method, simple machines, geology, archaeology, biology, anatomy and other disciplines, providing a wide range of scientific exposure. Hands-on experiments are included throughout, giving students practical experience as they discover the principles behind the science. Focus is placed on developing habits that will carry over into high school science. Homework: 1-3 hours per week. The first semester of a year-long class.
Students supply Exploring Creation with General Science Student Textbook, 2nd Edition (Apologia)
Time: 10am, ending 5/8   Tuition: $105 for 14 weeks/ $95 for volunteers   Supply Fee: $15
[See also Dissection Lab, Physical Science, and Hands-On Science 10-14.]

Leathercraft(ages 6-18) Students may choose new projects. Ralph Terry
Students will be guided step-by-step through projects to learn the fundamental techniques of the art of leather stamping by a Tandy Leather staff member. Beginning students can choose from eight engaging projects including keychains, bracelets, and more. (May be used as a partial fulfillment of the Boy Scout Leatherwork Merit Badge.)
Time: 11am and 12pm   Tuition: $85/$75 for volunteers   Supply Fee: $22 (includes all tools and materials)

Lego Construction FULL (ages 6-10) Becky Furtado
Your child’s dream of a room filled with Legos comes together with a parent’s dream of children happily learning technology and engineering in a tangible way by taking teaching out of the textbook and putting it into the child’s hands. Take your Master Builder skills a step forward and learn coding, chain reactions, simple machines, and much more! We will use the Lego kits Chain Reactions and Crazy Contraptions.
Time: 1pm   Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers   Supply Fee: $15
[See also Engineering and Hands-On Science.]

Math Dash (ages 6-9) Open to current and new students. Staff
Yes, even math can be fun! There is no trick to single-digit addition and subtraction, so the way to improve speed and accuracy is practice, practice, and more practice! This class will use timed tests, math games, and team activities to make that practice goal oriented, self-competitive and fun! Set the foundation for math success! Homework: 10 minutes per day.
Time: 10am   Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers   Supply Fee: $10

Microsoft Office (ages 13-18) New class! Desiree Parrack
Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel skills are vital for students during their college years and in just about any profession they choose. Students will learn to use Microsoft Word to create, edit, save, and print documents; format text and to use styles; add a header and footer to a document; add a graphic to a document; use the spelling and grammar checker; and using functions such as cut, copy, find and replace. Power Point objectives include creating and manipulating simple slide shows with outlines and notes, creating slide presentations that include text, graphics, animation, and transitions; and designing layouts and templates. In Excel, student will learn to enter and edit data; format data and cells; construct formulas; and create and modify charts.
Students supply laptop equipped with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
Time: 12pm   Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers   Supply Fee: $5

Middle School Play (ages 11-14) Jessie Simmons
This fun, family-friendly production has the goal to teach students with an interest in dramatic arts all the skills necessary to perform on stage. We will cover characterization basics, stage movement basics, projection and articulation and costuming.
No registration is necessary. Simply email your interest to jdsimmons@cox.net to receive audition material.
Time: 3-5pm (on Wednesdays) Tuition: $120   Class Fee: $20 for scripts and production costs
[See also Drama and the Shakespeare Play.]

Music and Movement (ages 6-10) New class!  Alex McCabe
Music and movement go together like peas and carrots, peanut butter and jelly, salt and pepper – one enhances the other! This class will include various styles of folk music through sing-a-longs, chanting, movement activities, folk dancing, marches, tonal and rhythm patterns, and instrument play. We will explore music and movements from all over the world. At the end of the semester, students will perform their newly learned songs and movements.
Time: 12pm   Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers

Music Blast (ages 5-7) New class! Lori Needham
Young children will have the opportunity to learn how to read music in this playful, interactive class, using developmentally appropriate music and movement activities. Students will learn the names of notes and rests and use this knowledge to play in their own “Bucket Band.” Kids will naturally pick up many musical elements while having fun moving to music and singing!
Time: 3pm   Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers   Supply Fee: $5

Physical Education Marty Boro
Students engage in aerobic exercise that helps teach coordination, team work, confidence and sportsmanship. While playing, kids will learn many skills that are more important than athleticism, including teamwork, compassion, playing by the rules, anger and pain management, social skills, and competitiveness.
Note: Age may be less important than a child’s size, athleticism, and competitiveness.
Ages 8-12 Students will participate in relays and tag games, kickball, and dodgeball.
Time: 12pm   Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers
Ages 12-18 Students play aggressive, big-boy dodgeball. Not for the faint of heart.
Time: 1pm   Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers

Photography (ages 13-18) Staff
Learn how to see and create, using light as your tool. Students will use photography as a means to capture and create amazing images by learning how to visualize before ever clicking the button. Explore your camera’s settings while learning the foundations of photography such as lighting, composition, and angles.
Students supply a camera.
Time: 3pm   Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers   Supply Fee: $5

Physical Science (ages 12-18) The second semester of a year-long class.   Nikki Herrera
Get ready for high-school science with this Apologia-based survey of the physical world. This course covers a broad range of topics including earth science, weather, chemistry, and physics. Students are encouraged to participate in group discussions, games, and hands-on experiments. Focus is placed on developing habits that will carry over into high school science, including note-taking, quizzes, and tests. Homework: 1-3 hours per week.
Students supply Exploring Creation with Physical Science Student Textbook, 2nd Edition (Apologia)
Time: 9am, ending 5/8   Tuition: $105 for 14 weeks/ $95 for volunteers   Supply Fee: $15
[See also Science Lab, Biology, Chemistry, and Introduction to Science.]

Pre-Reading (ages 4-5) New Class!  Heather Reid
Help get your child ready to explore the amazing world of reading! We will introduce a letter theme each week, starting with the highest frequency letters. Students will engage in active learning activities such as show-and-tell with that letter, letter sound segmenting, rhyming, letter crafts, prewriting fine motor activities, and reading aloud with narration for better “listening” fluency and vocabulary building. This class is designed for students who are not proficient in letter recognition.
Time: 2pm   Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers   Supply Fee: $10

Public Speaking (ages 14-18) Jessie Simmons
Speaking is not just for extroverts! In this dynamic class students will learn how to communicate clearly. Students will concentrate on offering a polished response no matter the occasion. Whether it is a toast, presentation, interview, or introduction, everyone has opportunities to use the basics of public speaking. Students will practice writing and giving a variety of speeches in a safe and encouraging environment.
Time: 12pm   Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers   Supply Fee: $4

Research Writing (ages 14-18) Jack Donnelly
Students will be guided through the complex process of will learn the process of research, including choosing a topic, developing a thesis, evaluating sources, organizing a draft, integrating source materials, and formatting to MLA standards. Students will produce a short research paper on a given topic that reflects successful mastery of these skills. Mr. Donnelly teaches a research paper class (Comp II) at Metropolitan Community College. A 14-week class ending on May 8th.
Time: 2pm   Tuition: $105/$95 for volunteers   Supply Fee: $5

Science Lab (ages 12-18) Repeats first semester’s curriculum. Jessie Simmons
Each week students will complete a dissection or a lab demonstration found in a life science/biology course. Students will keep a notebook with observations and notes. Dissections will include an owl pellet, earth worm, grasshopper, starfish, and frog. We will swab and grow bacteria, complete a blood typing test, and dissect flowers. This class will only cover the lab part of a life science/biology course.
Time: 1pm   Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers   Supply Fee: $25

The Shakespeare Play: Twelfth Night (ages 13-18 only, please) Jack and Holly Donnelly
Studying a role allows students to appreciate and comprehend Shakespeare’s work in a way that mere reading can never match. This class will train students to confidently deliver some of the most eloquent lines in the English language as they perform a shortened version of one of Shakespeare’s masterpieces. Students must be available for dress rehearsals and performances. Homework: memorize lines.
No registration is necessary. Simply email your interest to omahahomeschool@gmail.com to receive audition material. Auditions are Nov. 29th and callbacks are Dec. 14th.
Times: Cast One rehearses Thursdays from 11am-12:45; Cast Two rehearses Thursdays from 1:05pm-2:45pm beginning in January.
Tuition: $120   Class Fee: $40   Prerequisite: Students must be cast.
[See also the Middle School Play.]

Sign Language (12-adult) The second semester of a year-long class. Jessica Sadowski
Students will learn basic vocabulary, grammar, history, finger-spelling, numbers, terminology, as well as exploring deaf culture using the video course American Sign Language University. Our class will provide a lab session to practice those skills with a skilled signer as well as peers. Many colleges are now accepting sign language as a foreign language. For a sample of the lessons, see http://www.lifeprint.com/asl101/lessons/lesson01.htm. Approximately 3-5 hours of homework per week.
Prerequisite: First semester of Sign Language.
Time: 12pm, ending 5/8   Tuition: $105 for 14 weeks/ $95 for volunteers   Supply Fee: $5

Six-in-One (ages 6-8) New content!  Marianne Toovey
Each week a children’s picture book will unveil a new theme, and kids will dive into reading comprehension, vocabulary, grammar, math, science, and engineering—all related to our weekly theme. It’s six classes in one with integrated, thematic learning that inspires exploration across curriculums. We’ll read a new book each week and inspire your child’s creativity with hands-on projects. Note: this class was formerly called Storybook Team.
Time: 10am   Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers   Supply Fee: $15

Spanish (ages 10-14) Heidi Berry
This one semester course is designed for upper elementary and middle school students. Students will focus on fluency, basic sentence structure, most commonly used vocabulary, and plenty of real-world scenarios and practice. Active learning, speaking in Spanish, and fun projects will bring the Spanish language to life! This course is solid preparation for Spanish 1 or other high-school equivalency Spanish programs. Homework: 30-60 minutes per week. Students supply Easy Spanish Step-by-Step by Barbara Bergstein (selling on Amazon for $10)
Time: 2pm   Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers   Supply Fee: $5

Tae Kwon Do for Christ   Wesley Hall
Tae Kwon Do teaches self-confidence, self-discipline, courtesy, integrity, healthy lifestyle, weight control, obedience to parents, good reading, study habits, and self-defense. Former students may continue their work; new students are welcome. Homework: 30 minutes to 1 hour per week. Uniform, testing, and belt fees are optional expenses.
Young (ages 5-7) Times: 11am, 12:20pm, 1:15pm (30 minute classes)
Beginning (8-adult) 2pm
Advanced (8-adult) 3pm
Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers   Kicking Tigers Fee: $25

Twisted Tales (ages 8-12) New class!  Elizabeth MacDonald
Once upon a time, fairy tales were simply bedtime stories, but not any more! Students will rewrite the classic fairy tales from different characters’ points of view, create shocking plot twists, and add new endings. Students will learn about the stages of writing a short story and work as authors to create a collection of stories.
Students will need to be able to focus and put words on paper. We will emphasize content, not spelling and grammar, which they can get help with as needed. Illustrations can be used (graphic novel style) to tell their stories, as well.
Time: 2pm   Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers   Supply Fee: $5

Volleyball Skills (ages 13-18)New class!  Marty Boro
Improve your skills and have some serious fun! This course is designed for beginner and intermediate level players and will offer instruction and training in the skills and techniques of passing, setting, attacking, serving, and defense. A variety of drills, games and competition will be used to put these techniques into practice to help build confidence in competitive play.
Time: 11am   Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers   Supply Fee: $15

Advanced Woodcarving (ages 12-adult, only please)  New skills!   Ken Armsbury
This class offers advanced skills to students who have already taken Mr. Armsbury’s woodcarving class. Students will explore several styles of woodcarving with various types of wood. Once basic carving skills are mastered, a variety of different projects will be offered for the students to choose from. Mr. Armsbury also teaches homeschool students at his workshop.
Prerequisite: One semester of woodcarving.
Time: 2-3:50pm   Tuition: $95 for both hours/$85 for volunteers   Supply Fee: $15

World War II in the Pacific (ages14-18) Open to current and new students  Sarah Winn
Tora! Tora! Tora! Kamikaze planes, the Japanese Emperor, and the rising sun will conclude our World War II class. Beginning with the Japanese-Russo War and continuing through Japan’s invasion of China, students will explore the rise of the Japanese Empire and the effect this had on the Pacific countries and the world. Students will explore the events leading up to the bombing of Pearl Harbor and debate the United States’ choice to use the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Students will end the semester by looking at the ramifications of the war on individual countries as well as the world.
Time: 11am   Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers   Supply Fee: $5

Writing (ages 9-18) Open to current and new students   Arlis Vargas
This class will help students acquire and improve skills to prepare them to write on the high school and college level. Students will study various types of paragraph and essay writing and will practice such skills as topic sentences, supporting sentences, concluding sentences, thesis statements, topic selection, controlling ideas, unity and cohesion. Various exercises including sequencing, model writing, parts of speech, and peer evaluations will support the weekly assignments. Assignments will be customized to fit the needs and level of each student. Homework: 1-2 hours per week.
Time: 2pm  Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers   Supply Fee: $4

Writing Workshop FULL (ages 9-18) Jack Donnelly
The Writing Workshop helps students acquire and improve skills to prepare them to write on the high school and college level. The instruction and evaluation will be adapted to each student’s skill level. The class will include group interaction and teacher instruction on writing style and techniques, including grammar. Students will be given specific assignments in which they will apply the writing process to such genres as personal narrative, expository and fiction. Homework: 1-2 hours per week.
Time: 11am   Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers   Supply Fee: $4

Young Artists (ages 4-6) New projects!  Kimberly Glass
Inspire imagination and self-expression with hands-on art activities. This class will encourage confidence, explore your child’s artistic potential and allow them to engage in tactile learning. Kids discover, get messy, and have fun!
Time: 2pm   Tuition: $95/$85 for volunteers   Supply Fee: $15   Students supply a paint smock.

Young Explorers (ages 3-5; must be potty trained) New themes!   Heather Reid
Sing, dance, paint…play! Students enjoy lively activities, crafts, and story time, while developing fine motor skills, listening, and coordination through positive social interaction. This non-academic class emphasizes that play is the work of children and provides a wonderful opportunity for individual and social activities. Students may sign up for up to two hours; however, it is recommended that 3-year-olds and young 4-year-olds only take one hour for least for their first semester.
Time: 11am, 12pm, and 1pm   Tuition: $95 per semester for each hour/$85 for volunteers
Supply Fee: $5 per hour